Girl In Space Podcast Review {Literary Listens}

Girl In Space PodcastGirl In Space created by Sarah Rhea Werner

Release Date: September 9, 2017 (Trailer)

Episodes: 11 (Ongoing)

Running Time: 27-41 Minutes

Release Schedule: Bimonthly

Summary: Nothing fancy here — just the simple audio diary of a girl in space. Also, there’s this weird and potentially ominous light in the distance that seems to be growing steadily closer. Listen twice a month for science, guns, trust, anti-matter, truth, beauty, inner turmoil, and delicious cheeses. It’s all here. In space.

My Thoughts: Girl In Space is a brilliant and thought-provoking audio drama set aboard the Cavatica spaceship! We follow X as she’s lived her entire life in space aboard her parents research vessel, but we soon learn she isn’t alone.

Girl In Space is easily one of my all-time favorite Sci-Fi/Space audio dramas of all-time! It will forever hold a special place in my heart and continues to be one of my favorite on-going audio dramas!

If your looking for a thought-provoking, introspective, character-driven, and immersive story set in space, this podcast is a must!

X is a girl in space! She’s lived aboard her parent’s research vessel led by Caldwell Enterprises, the Cavatica, all her life. Now, she is continuing her parents work by researching Ra (a star) that has connection to X herself + more mysteries to uncover about it as the series continues. She spends her days continuing research, making delicious cheese, & watching her favorite movie, Jurassic Park!

The descriptive and thought-provoking writing really brings the character of X and the world of Girl In Space to life! With the podcast presented as an audio diary, she makes you feel like your part of the journey alongside her! Overall, the writing is fantastic!

The plot is incredibly complex, leads you in suspense, and just leaves you wanting to know even more about the story with each episode!

We soon learn X isn’t entirely alone, because a fleet of ships led by The Enforcer One finds her and needs her + her work. The only problem, she isn’t exactly sure why.

Left with her wits, clever + quick thinking, and friendly AI Charlotte, X learns more about The Enforcer One, its crew, and their mysterious agenda as to why they are so curious about her and her ship!

The world-building is equally phenomenal! From the sun Ra, to the intricacies of the Cavatica and the mysterious fleet that’s found her, The Enforcer One.

You learn more about X’s work on the Cavatica, from her monitoring of the radiation of Ra, which is her main assignment aboard the ship, and ensuring the overall maintenance of the Cavatica.

From the politics, intrigue, science, and technology, so many different elements are explored with such depth that you see more to the world of Girl In Space with each episode!

The cast of characters are also so utterly phenomenal! This podcast has got a stellar plot and it shows through its fantastic characters!

Of course we have the main character X, Charlotte, Captain Miles Chen (who is in charge of The Enforcer One), alongside Kai, Thor, & Chance, who are soldiers aboard Enforcer One! Aside from them, there’s also more characters to come throughout the series (Dani!! She’s also one of my new favorite characters!!)

The characters who X encounters aren’t all they appear to be over the course of the series, you see how they grow and change with X now being their main concern, and that they become X’s closest friends/confidantes as she uncovers more to the secrets behind this government ship and what exactly her purpose is in their investigation!

Out of all the characters, I love X & Miles! Their dynamic and growth throughout the series has easily made them my favorite audio drama duo! X is a really thought-provoking and introspective kind of character, she’s very formal in her way of speaking and having the podcast delivered through such a fascinating character, is also what makes Girl In Space so worth a listen!

Miles is also another one of my favorite characters in this audio drama! He’s the captain in charge of learning more about X and her ship’s research! He’s mainly just focused on getting answers from her, but the more X gets involved in the mysteries of The Enforcer One, the more we see from Miles!

Both X & Miles so complex and interesting–I love them so much!! The development they undergo doesn’t seem apparent at first, but the more you listen, the easier it is to see how they grow and change as they both have to find a way to work together to get what their searching for!

What also makes the plot so unique and brilliant is the way secrets get uncovered in ways you don’t expect! You begin to question and learn so much about this world, but how the answers are revealed and just the overall way the story is delivered makes you want to keep on listening!

Alongside the plot and characters, what also makes this audio drama so incredibly immersive is the atmosphere it delivers through the sfx, even the execution of its plot and characters! It gives off an eerie but wholly unique space atmosphere!

While the story grapples so much from loneliness, family, friendship, and government secrets, it also brilliantly delivers comedy through X and her witty and clever personality!

It may seem that the story is slow, but that’s really because the pacing at which it goes, really allows the characters and world to really build! The story itself is also incredibly complex with so many pieces that each episode lends so much to the overall story and mystery of the show!

So without giving too much away, that’s all I can really say about Girl In Space!

If your looking for an immersive, character-driven story set in space, this is the podcast for you!

Girl In Space is a brilliantly crafted sci-fi audio drama podcast that explores adventures in space! There’s politics, comedy, intrigue, mystery, fantastic characters, & a brilliant plot! With so many complex layers to this fascinating story, Girl In Space is perfect if your a fan of space, crews in space, thought-provoking characters, sci-fi, and so much more!

That concludes my 3rd audio drama podcast review! 🌌✨ Its always so much fun creating podcast reviews because they always continue to inspire me with their wonderful storytelling & my goal is to spread the word about these amazing shows! If you’ve listened to Girl In Space or are planning to, lets discuss in the comments below!

I do hope to post more podcast reviews in the future so definitely keep an eye out for them! Any podcasts you recommend? Any your listening to now? 🎙✨❤ 

The Loneliest Girl In The Universe by Lauren James Review

The Loneliest Girl In The Universe by Lauren JamesThe Loneliest Girl In The Universe by Lauren James

Publisher: Walker Books

Release Date: September 7, 2017

Pages: 290

Summary: Can you fall in love with someone you’ve never met, never even spoken to – someone who is light years away?

Romy Silvers is the only surviving crew-member of a spaceship travelling to a new planet, on a mission to establish a second home for humanity amongst the stars. Alone in space, she is the loneliest girl in the universe until she hears about a new ship which has launched from Earth – with a single passenger on board. A boy called J.

Their only communication with each other is via email – and due to the distance between them, their messages take months to transmit across space. And yet Romy finds herself falling in love.

But what does Romy really know about J? And what do the mysterious messages which have started arriving from Earth really mean?

Sometimes, there’s something worse than being alone . . .

My Rating: ★★★★☆ ½

My Thoughts: The Loneliest Girl In The Universe is more than just a sci-fi! Its a thought-provoking, atmospheric read (set in space) that blends elements of mystery (& maybe thriller), explores loneliness, and delivers a unique plot sure to keep you hooked till the very end!

The Loneliest Girl In The Universe has been on my TBR ever since last year! Both the summary & beautiful UK cover had me eager to read this book!

So, with the recent release of it here in the US, I felt it was time to finally give this book a read and I really loved it!

The Loneliest Girl In The Universe follows 17-year old Romy Silvers (the first human to ever be born in space) who is the only one aboard The Infinity, a ship developed by NASA to travel to a distant habitable planet (called Earth II) , in hopes to ensure long-term survival of humans outside of Earth!

As it turns out, since she was around 11, her fellow crew members and parents had passed away and has taken charge as the captain of The Infinity, planning to continue the mission!

I love how character-driven this book was! With Romy all by herself in the vastness of space, she spends her days watching her favorite TV show, Loch & Ness, writing fan fiction, messaging her NASA therapist on earth, Molly, & ensuring the stability of The Infinity!

One day, Molly announces to Romy that The Eternity (a far advanced ship) has recently launched and will join her as she reaches Earth II, which will save years if she were still flying on her own (she is both thrilled & a little nervous to be meeting someone else in so long)!

However, Molly soon tells Romy that the political climate will soon make it difficult for them to communicate as often as they did, so she finds solace in communicating with J, the 22-year old commander of The Eternity!

Now as their back and forth communication brings them closer together, Romy feels a little less alone as she waits days upon days for their ships to join together, so they can finally meet in person.

But, things soon get difficult when J & Romy get messages from a new authority, that now taken over much of the world called, The UPR!

Romy questions this new authority & its incoming orders + maintenance requests, wishing she could still be in contact with Molly! She questions what its motives are and if it plans to compromise her mission.

She faces difficult memories of her past, connects with J, & is determined to finally reach Earth II in peace, and not be so lonely anymore!

Where to start!! Loneliest Girl was a phenomenal book! As a fan of sci-fi audio drama podcasts, this book checked all the boxes! Space, mystery, intriguing plot, great cast of characters, unique world-building, I could go on & on!

While reading this it reminded me of one of my all-time favorite sci-fi audio drama podcasts, Girl In Space!! If your a fan of this book, I definitely recommend checking out this podcast!

There’s so much I want to cover in this review! To start: Setting!

What made this book so unique, is for starters, the setting! With this novel set entirely in space, I loved how James was still able to develop the world-building and really give you a sense of time in this book through the very beginning with an online article, technology and connection that Romy has with earth!

In addition the setting of space really built this immersive atmosphere that really makes you feel your out in the vastness of space with Romy aboard The Infinity!

The plot itself is great, its told through Romy’s POV and has emails (between her & Molly, J, NASA, & The UPR) throughout a majority of the chapters! I never could have guessed the major plot points (though I had many theories), there’s also a mystery-thriller vibe that was weaved into the story makes it such a page turner! There were many twists & turns I did not see coming!

I also really enjoyed how James took the plot in surprising directions that had me unsure of what would happen next! Nearing the last quarter of the book, the pages were just flying by as I wanted to figure of what was going on with all the mysteries that continued to build!

Throughout the book we are also just rooting for Romy to make it to Earth II & finally accomplish the mission her parents & crew members left behind!

We also get backstory to Romy, her parents, in such perfect moments of the story where there’s enough to understand what happened, but also just enough to keep us guessing for other secrets Romy has yet to share!

This is such a character-driven novel as we see the loneliness that Romy has dealt with for years after the loss of her parents & fellow crew members. We then begin to question whether the ghosts of the past Romy believes still haunt her, are actually there or if its just the aching loneliness that has caught up to her.

It was so interesting seeing the world through her eyes as she’s never been to Earth before, but its so clear she wants to forge those connections with other people and I just loved reading from her 1st person POV so much!!

I also loved how this novel really makes you think, whether its in regards to the future & technology, space travel, the difficulties and truths of loneliness, & so much more!

Additionally, The Loneliest Girl In The Universe manages to not only blend sci-fi & near future sci-fi, but also mystery, thriller, and also explores mental health!

My only minor issue is that when all the answers are finally revealed, it did feel a bit rushed and I hoped for a little more plot nearing the end!

Aside from that, I really loved this book and as a Sci-Fi standalone (which I don’t see much of) was so well done!

I loved joining Romy on her adventure through space!

The Loneliest Girl In The Universe is character-driven YA Sci-fi that blends mystery, thriller, and so much more! Its a story with many layers to it, that are explored through the great characters and setting! This is a story sure to leave you hooked till you reach the last page! Highly recommend it!

Top 10 Tuesday: Podcasts I’ve Recently Discovered! {Freebie}

top-10-tuesday-podcastsTop 10 Tuesday is a feature originally from The Broke And The Bookish now at That Artsy Reader Girl!

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’d know I love podcasts and discuss them more in my feature Literary Listens!

So with today’s topic as a freebie, I thought it would be perfect to share my recently discovered podcasts that I really love, specifically audio dramas!

If you’ve never heard of them before, Audio dramas are basically fiction/fictional stories told through an episodic podcast format.

If any of the audio dramas I mention interest you, or if there are any audio dramas you recommend, definitely let me know in the comments & lets discuss!

I’m always on the look out for new ones to listen to!~ (´▽`ʃƪ)♥♥

The top 2 are ones I’ve only listened to maybe 1, 2, or 3 episodes so far or am still on episode 1, but am really loving! As for the others, they are one’s I’ve either caught up with or am almost caught up with and highly recommend checking out!

Saffron and Peri Podcast1.Saffron And Peri
Summary:
Saffron and Peri is a fantasy comedy that blends modern day life with classic fairytale elements. It follows the adventures of the loquacious Saffron, professional fairy godmother extraordinaire, and her best friend Peri, a djinnia who runs the Magic Support Department. Our story starts when they meet Tristan, an aspiring godparent in need of guidance.

Kalila Stormfire's Economical Magick Services2.Kalila Stormfire’s Economical Magick Services
Summary: 
Glamour spell gone wrong? Astral projection got you untethered? Want to know why your angry dead rich father is haunting you? Consider Kalila Stormfire’s Economical Magick Services. After a controversial fallout with her coven, Kalila Stormfire must juggle complex clients and an anonymous critic hellbent on besmirching her new business. The decaying urban block where Kal operates appreciates her affordable experience in a broad range of supernatural ailments and remedies. Still, Kal is not sure if her talent is enough to stop whoever has been posting bad reviews and persuading customers to cancel appointments. If you like stories about minority witches in modern-day working class neighborhoods, meddling love goddesses, and morally ambiguous spellcraft…this is the tale for you.

Girl In Space Podcast3.Girl In Space
Summary: 
Nothing fancy here — just the simple audio diary of a girl in space. Also, there’s this weird and potentially ominous light in the distance that seems to be growing steadily closer. Listen biweekly for science, guns, trust, anti-matter, truth, beauty, inner turmoil, and delicious cheeses. It’s all here. In space.

 

Victoriocity Podcast4.Victoriocity
Summary:A detective comedy drama || Even Greater London, 1887. In this vast metropolis, Inspector Archibald Fleet and journalist Clara Entwhistle investigate a murder, only to find themselves at the centre of a conspiracy of impossible proportions.

So there you have it! Those are the recent podcasts I’ve listened to! Have you listened to any of these or are they one’s you’d be interested in listening to? 😄✨🎙

Lets discuss in the comments! 

Literary Listens: Audio Drama Podcasts That Need Book Adaptations

literary-listens-24hryabookblog-feature-bannerIf you’re new to my blog, Literary Listens is a feature I created to share my love of podcasts while also incorporating my love for books! When I’m not reading, I also love listening to podcasts, especially audio dramas!

Today’s post is all about audio drama book adaptations! If you didn’t know, The Bright Sessions was recently picked up by Tor Teen to have a book series written by the creator Lauren Shippen! This audio drama series told through recordings, follows Dr. Bright as she provides therapy to people with supernatural abilities.

What I love about this is that not only will it give more depth to the world and story for fans/listeners, but also introduce the podcast to new listeners too!! 😍✨🎙

With that said, this recent announcement inspired me to share some more of my favorite audio drama podcasts that I would also love to see have book adaptations!

Hopefully today’s post also inspires you to check out these podcasts if you’ve never heard them before~(´▽`ʃƪ)♥♥

audio-dime-museum1.Audio Dime Museum
Summary: From the Just A Story team, comes a weekly, serialized experimental storytelling podcast which explores historical legends through the artifacts on display in the Audio Dime Museum. Part guided tour, part radio drama; each episode presents the curious story of one object from the collection. Meet your guide on this journey, The Curator, and learn her secrets as you delve into the world of possibility, magic and the unknown. Merging the suspenseful style of mystery with the conventions of ghost stories and the peculiarity that only historical fact can provide, this podcast is not for the faint of heart.

Why: This audio drama holds such a special place in my heart! It was the very first podcast I’d ever listened to and I believe it would make a fantastic book!

Each episode follows the Curator as she gives you the history behind one of the artifacts hidden away in her collection at the Dime Museum (All based on real-life artifacts!!).

Each story told through the curator is just beautifully written and I feel it would translate perfectly onto the page!

With each episode not only do you learn about different artifacts, but also about the Curator and her shop.

Girl In Space Podcast2.Girl In Space
Summary: Nothing fancy here — just the simple audio diary of a girl in space. Also, there’s this weird and potentially ominous light in the distance that seems to be growing steadily closer. Listen biweekly for science, guns, trust, anti-matter, truth, beauty, inner turmoil, and delicious cheeses. It’s all here. In space.

Why: Girl In Space is honestly one of the best sci-fi podcasts I’ve ever listened to! The story is not only brilliantly plotted with incredible world-building, government secrecy, mystery, twists and turns, but the writing is also utterly fantastic!

With such a thought-provoking main character, you follow X as she’s spent her whole life cataloging on her parents ship in space, but soon learns she may not be alone as someone…or something looms close to her ship, the Cavatica!

The way the main character describes her world makes it easy to imagine and puts you into the world of Girl In Space so easily.

So overall, the fantastic story, characters, etc., would make Girl In Space a flawless sci-fi novel!

The Elysium Project3.The Elysium Project
Summary:The Elysium Project follows those who are pulled into the world of a powerful formula that allows its subjects to manipulate the world around them based on thought and desire.This is an independently produced audio drama series created and produced by Natalie Van Sistine.

Why:The Elysium Project is easily one of the most cinematic audio drama podcasts I’ve ever heard! It plays very much like a weekly tv show. I feel the science-fiction elements,unique world-building, characters and plot are just so brilliantly executed, that it would make a fantastic book!

Its very much a plot and character-driven story that I feel will translate perfectly onto the page.

There’s science, genetics, drama, intrigue, action/adventure, just so many amazing elements that all weave together to tell a fascinating story.

The Penumbra Podcast4.The Penumbra Podcast
Summary:Depending on who you ask, the Penumbra is either the grandest railway this side of Nowhere or a twice-monthly podcast series. Each episode takes the form of a 30-50 minute radio play. The Penumbra is all about stories you recognize told in ways you won’t expect. Your femme fatale might be an homme fatale; you might find that not every haunting needs a ghost. Your criminal underworld might advertise on billboards ten miles tall, and when push comes to shove your home might have a bit more heart than you’re comfortable with. It’s never just a heist, a Western, an adventure. It’s the parts we think are still fresh about those genres — along with what we find along the tracks. And what will we find, you ask? Well… see for yourself. The Penumbra is created and produced by Sophie Kaner and Kevin Vibert.

Why:This is a podcast I feel would do so incredibly well as a novel in the SFF genre (& its so diverse!). With a number of alternating/separate story lines the characters and worlds really come to life + each is written with such depth! Some of the stories on The Penumbra Podcast include:

~Juno Steel: Juno Steel is a private detective on Mars and gets himself into quite a bit of trouble as he and his secretary Rita work together to solve mysteries + cases on a futuristic/colonized Mars, or more specifically in Hyperion City.

Each episode introduces such interesting characters and always gives you something new to learn about the world! The writing specifically for this story line is told through 1st person and its done so brilliantly.

~The Coyote Of The Painted Plains: Set in the Wild West, Mary Anne is moving to Crossroads with her fiancee and dreams to continue teaching there, though its rumored to be filled bandits. However, things quickly change when she gets involved with female bandit Chance Sequoyah, though she isn’t all she seems as Mary Anne soon learns.

Additionally, this story line features an f/f relationship & the banter between Chance + Mary Anne is so well written.

*This audio drama also features diverse representation through its characters with: disability rep., bisexual rep., f/f relationship, and portrayal of anxiety + depression + Main characters throughout the series also identify as nonbinary & genderqueer.

The intricacies of each story that The Penumbra Podcast creates with each episode have me wishing it could be a book series already with the brilliant world-building + writing, and incredible cast of characters!!

Victoriocity Podcast5.Victoriocity
Summary:A detective comedy drama || Even Greater London, 1887. In this vast metropolis, Inspector Archibald Fleet and journalist Clara Entwhistle investigate a murder, only to find themselves at the centre of a conspiracy of impossible proportions.

Why: Though I’ve only just finished episode 1 of Victoriocity, I can tell it will be another to add to my new all-time favorite audio dramas list!

The story itself is just so unique and follows 2 dynamic main characters (a detective & journalist) that would translate so well onto page.

Even Greater London is a unique steampunk setting written in such a way where you really get a full scope of the world through just the first episode. There’s comedy (which is done amazingly!), mystery, and just a very intricately plotted story and world that, if adapted, could do so well as a book!

So there you have it! Those are just a few of the audio dramas I’d love too see adapted into books!!

What are your thoughts? Would you like to read these if they were adapted into books?

Lets Discuss In The Comments Below! 😄✨🎙📚

Literary Listens: Podcast Recommendations Based On YA Books

literary-listens-podcast-recommendations-based-on-ya-booksIf you’re new to my blog, Literary Listens is a feature I created to share my love of podcasts while also incorporating my love for books! When I’m not reading, I also love listening to podcasts, especially audio dramas!

Its a blog feature I always have fun writing about & my hope is to introduce readers to cool new podcasts!

You can also check out my most recent feature, which was “Publishers and Podcasts” where I discussed TorLabs and speculated how Young Adult and Teen publishers could incorporate podcasts into their publishing!

Today I will be recommending and pairing up some Audio Drama Podcasts with Young Adult Science-Fiction Books!

YA Sci-Fi is a genre is a genre I’m just starting to get into, but hopefully the recs. I share today inspire you to pick up the books or podcasts mentioned!

Empress Of A Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza Cover Reveal 20171.If You’ve Read: Empress Of A Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza OR Shadow Run by AdriAnne Strickland + Michael Miller

Listen To: The Strange Case Of Starship Iris

Why:They feature rag-tag crews as they chart across space! All 3 are very character-driven and have such unique and immersive worlds/world-building!

Shadow Run  Cover RevealShadow Run + Starship have a fantastic group/squad dynamic that will have you rooting for them even in the wackiest situations!

Additionally, there’s diversity both in the novels + podcast!

~Empress: Features a predominantly diverse cast (Filipino + Black characters)

~Shadow Run: Features POC main/side characters + gender-fluid and gay representation

The Strange Case Of Starship Iris~Starship: Features a w/w relationship/romance, nonbinary, Chinese and Indian MC’s/representation

Summary: In 2189, Earth narrowly won a war against extraterrestrials. The Strange Case of Starship Iris is about what comes after. It’s a story of outer space, survival, espionage, resistance, identity, friendship, found family, romance, and secrets.

This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada2. If You’ve Read: This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

Listen To: The Elysium Project

Why: Both heavily feature science, scientist parents, genetics in a near-futuristic U.S., and have tons of action/adventure!

The fascinating characters, world, and world-building will have you hooked from the very beginning! They are very plot-driven The Elysium Projectstories and will keep you guessing as to what’ll happen next!

Summary: The Elysium Project follows those who are pulled into the world of a powerful formula that allows its subjects to manipulate the world around them based on thought and desire.This is an independently produced audio drama series created and produced by Natalie Van Sistine.

No More Heroes by Michelle Kan3.If You’ve Read: No More Heroes by Michelle Kan

Listen To: The Bright Sessions

Why: Both feature groups of people with superpowers/supernatural abilities and have great diverse representation in their casts of characters (POC, anxiety rep., characters with different sexualities)

The Bright SessionsSummary: Dr. Bright provides therapy for the strange and unusual; their sessions have been recorded for research purposes. The show documents these patients’ struggles and discoveries as well as the motivations of their mysterious therapist, Dr. Bright.

If your looking for more space podcasts, definitely consider checking out, Girl In Space! Its a fairly new podcast with 4 episodes out and it has Girl In Space Podcasteasily become one of my favorites! The writing and plot are absolutely incredible! I highly recommend it (´▽`ʃƪ)♥♥~

Here’s a summary: Nothing fancy here — just the simple audio diary of a girl in space. Also, there’s this weird and potentially ominous light in the distance that seems to be growing steadily closer. Listen biweekly for science, guns, trust, anti-matter, truth, beauty, inner turmoil, and delicious cheeses. It’s all here. In space.

If you’ve read any of the books mentioned or have suggestions for other YA Sci-Fi titles that would go along with any of these podcasts, definitely leave a comment!

Additionally, if you’ve listened to any of the podcasts mentioned, are planning to, or have other sci-fi podcast recommendations, lets discuss in the comments!  😄🎙✨